Iraq Situation Report: July 4, 2014

July 4, 2014 - Ahmed Ali

ISIS clashed with security forces in Baiji, Tikrit, and Samarra. IA Aviation utilized SU-25 jets to bomb ISIS positions in Hawijah.

Iraq Situation Report: July 3, 2014

July 3, 2014 - Ahmed Ali

Repercussions from the clashes between the ISF and the followers of Mahmoud al-Sarkhi continue to unfold.

Control of Terrain in Iraq: July 3, 2014

July 3, 2014 - Ahmed Ali
The Iraqi Security Forces, with the likely support of Iraqi Shi’a militias, launched an operation to clear the Mansouriyah sub-district in Diyala. 

Iraq Situation Report: July 2, 2014

July 2, 2014 - Ahmed Ali
The clashes between the Iraqi Security Forces and the followers of Iraqi Shi’a religious gure Mahmoud al-Sarkhi represent another challenge for the ISF.

Control of Terrain in Iraq: July 2, 2014

July 2, 2014 - Ahmed Ali

ISIS has seized the border town of Abu Kamal, following clashes with JN and other rebel groups. Iraqi Sunni tribes are likely in control of the Waleed border crossing since at least June 25.

Iraq Situation Report: July 1, 2014

July 1, 2014 - Ahmed Ali

ISIS targeted the Samarra Askari Shrine in an effort to divert ISF resources from Tikrit or Baghdad. The mobilization of the Sadrist Brigades to Samarra and the increase in murders in Baghdad are indications of escalated Shi’a militia activity. Tribes in Haditha may be negotiating the peaceful occupation of the city by ISIS and other armed groups. Upon establishing control of Haditha, ISIS will likely attempt to seize control of Ramadi and declare total control over Anbar province. ISIS is testing the volunteer force defending the city.

Control of Terrain in Iraq: July 1, 2014

July 1, 2014 - Ahmed Ali

Yusfiyah in the southern Baghdad belt and Mashahda in the northern Baghdad belt have witnessed clashes in the last two days. They both represent possible ISIS infiltration points into Baghdad.

Iraq Situation Report: June 30, 2014

June 30, 2014 - Ahmed Ali

ISIS may be launching a renewed military o­ffensive to take control of all urban centers in Anbar Province, beginning with Haditha and moving toward Ramadi. The Haditha Dam is a critical element of Iraq’s infrastructure, which ISIS and other anti-government groups may use to obstruct ISF mobility in Anbar, much like the Fallujah Dam in April 2014.

Iraq Situation Report: June 29, 2014

June 29, 2014 - Ahmed Ali

ISIS has declared a Caliphate, indicating that all Muslims should now submit to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the Caliph. Meanwhile, the ISF counter-offensive against ISIS in Tikrit continues, despite conflicting reports that either the ISF or ISIS now control the city.

Iraq Situation Report: June 28,2014

June 28, 2014 - Ahmed Ali

The ISF have launched two separate o­ensives against ISIS in Tikrit and Mosul.